We are delighted to inform you that RealityBites director Mark Roques has been shortlisted for a Jerusalem Award 2015 in the category of Short Form Radio.

The feature was entitled Football and Faith and here follows a bit of background about the radio spot.

The World Cup attracts huge global attention and so last year I teamed up with ReachBeyond’s UK radio department Whistling Frog Productions to create a feature about some of the fascinating connections between football and faith.

The five minute package was broadcast last year across the UKRD commercial radio network (16 stations across England) on 6th July – a week before the World Cup Final.

Having written a book about football – Fields of God: Football and the Kingdom of God in 2003 I wanted to say that God loves the beautiful game and that one day we will play football on the renewed and restored earth. This view of the afterlife is strikingly different from the traditional story of heaven that seriously distorts the biblical theme of creation. Too often Christians focus upon ‘heaven’ and ‘souls’ and this has created much mischief in Christian circles. It makes God boring and Christianity otherworldly and irrelevant.

RealityBites is committed to innovative communication of the Christian faith and part of this work includes telling the biblical story in a faithful and imaginative way.

God is certainly not boring and he shines in all that is good and this includes sport and even football.

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Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Education at Prior Park College, Bath, for many years. As Director of RealityBites he has developed a rich range of resources for youth workers and teachers. He has spoken at conferences in the UK, Holland, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a lively storyteller and the author of four books, including The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails: Creative Ways of Talking about Christian Faith. His work is focused on storytelling and how this can help us to communicate the Christian faith. He has written many articles for the Baptist Times, RE Today, Youthscape, Direction magazine and the Christian Teachers Journal.